Tag Archives: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Your Government’s Gold King Whitewash

When a private citizen or company violates rules, misrepresents facts or pollutes a river, government penalties are swift and severe. It’s different when the government screws up. Two weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell testified before Congress on a toxic spill that federal and state agencies unleashed into western state rivers last August. Supervised by officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS), an Environmental Restoration (ER) company crew excavated tons of rock and debris that had blocked the portal (entrance or adit) to the Gold King Mine above Silverton, Colorado. Read the article here 07:35

Vitter urges administration not to remove oil rig serving as artificial reef

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who sits on the Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell requesting that her department not remove a collapsed oil rig currently serving as an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more here 16:17

Martha’s Vineyard: Islanders question local benefits of offshore wind project leases

Concerns about how Martha’s Vineyard will benefit from a commercial offshore renewable wind energy project 12 nautical miles south of its shores dominated discussion at a public hearing to discuss the proposed leasing process and transmission route at a public meeting Monday night in the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Tisbury. Read more here 08:27